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Depression: What It Is And Signs To Look For

What Is Depression?

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Depression is a persistent sad mood or a loss of interest in activities that continues for an extended period of time such as a few weeks. Depression is like staying in the down cycle of a roller coaster. 

The key is the persistence of the mood, not the precise amount of time it continues.   

Depression is a "whole body" illness which can affect the following:

  • Mood, thought, body, and behavior.
  • Relationships that a person has with family, friends, and co-workers.
  • How a person thinks of himself or other people or things.
  • Sleep patterns.
  • Job performance.
  • Energy levels.
  • How much or how little a person eats.
  • The ability to enjoy activities that once provided pleasure.

Depression is not:

  • Just a passing blue mood or sadness.
  • The anxiety, anger, fear, shock, sense of uncertainty, withdrawal and/or upset that may follow the diagnosis of a serious health condition.
  • A sign of weakness.
  • Something that can be wished away or that someone can just "snap out of".

Depression can:

  • Occur in relatively severe episodes or it may be ongoing and less severe.
  • Only occur once in a person's lifetime, or it may occur several times.
  • Last for weeks, months or even years.

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